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Lisa and Dan Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Lisa and Dan

A funky rock n roll engagement shoot today from Adelaide photographer Ryan Polei (and we can say rock n roll because he really does shoot a lot of it!) as an added bonus, you can even see the shoot in 3D here (using those 3D glasses you got at Avatar…or like me Toy Story 3).

There are lots of special places for Lisa & Dan in this shoot- a favourite cafe, a familiar stairwell, an antique market and the beautiful architecture of Adelaide.

Photos by Ryan Polei

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Sunshine Yellow Bouquets

by | Bride, Flowers


With the rain that has come down this week and the sun that has struggled to peek through, I thought we needed a little piece of summer to get us through until Spring!

Yellow is such a beautiful colour in a wedding bouquet. There’s calla lilies, daffodils, daisies, roses, frangipanis, orchids, sunflowers, marigolds, snapdragons, freesias, honeysuckles, tulips and so many more!

From top to bottom: Photo by Blooming Brides, Photo by Stephen DeVries Photography, Photo by Delisser Photography, Photo by Stephen DeVries Photography, Photo by Stephen DeVries Photography, Photo by Jaime Lee Photography, Photos by Bows & Arrows, Photo by Becky Young Photography, Photo by Mints Design, Photo by Delisser Photography, Photo by Blooming Brides, Photo by Mints Design

Want to be a part of our next callout?

Keep your eye on our submissions box (it’s located down the bottom of our right hand menu right under our snazzy Snapshot Sunday thumbnail!) for the latest request!

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s been a big week of website launches and exciting news. I’d love to know what’s happening in your world, in the meantime here’s what’s happening in the Aussie wedding industry!

Henry Roth has made over his website with a fresh new look- brides can submit their own wedding day photos, peruse the latest gowns (and after a sneak peek at next season’s collections, you are going to LOVE the new bridesmaids collection!) or visit Henry’s new blog.

SugarLove Weddings has added great new content to their website too, with plenty of fresh off the press weddings and even a destination section!

Pallas Couture have created a brand new website!  Officially located on, Pallas have added fresh new images of their real life brides, more testimonials, stunning imagery and a FAQ with co-creative directors Joy Morris & Cathy Thomas.

Dizzy Wizzy Design have made over their website with a fresh new look and photos by Perth photographer Angela Higgins. We’re particularly loving the “Dinky” Invitation

Sydney videographer Abraham Joffe teamed up with Panasonic and shot the first 3D wedding video recently, you can take a sneak peek at how they did it here.

Sydney wedding vendors! Girl Friday Weddings is relaunching Burning Log in Dural with their “Thurst Throwdown”. Held every month, the Thurst Throwdown is a great mixer session to meet and greet other wedding professionals who are all doing fantastic things. This months evening is August 26th at 6.30pm at Burning Log, Dural. Click here to RSVP.

A lot of our emails shortly after our site launch seem to have gone missing into the atmosphere and although sent, have not been received by you!! So if you’ve made an enquiry from July 14th-August 10th of thereabouts and haven’t heard from us yet, could we trouble you to submit it again here?

Michelle and Eric

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


Michelle & Eric

Hitting Polka Dot Bride all the way from California today! Michelle and Eric had a wedding that I want to go to. It’s full of special touches, little details that Michelle crafted herself But that’s not why I want to go! Michelle and Eric’s wedding was so full of love, so full of laughter you can’t help but giggle as you look through their photographs. It just strikes me in my heart every time I see a shot of them smiling- this is how it should be. This is how it how love looks.

The gorgeous photos today are captured by Onelove Photography. Sara (who is getting married herself very soon!) has captured today’s wedding with everything one could hope for- there’s lots of gorgeous details but many, many happy untouched moments as well. (Plus she submitted via Two Bright Lights which we LOVE!)

Michelle and Eric filled their wedding day with DIY touches- including the bouquets!. Michelle says “Our main goal was to have most of the things at the wedding by hand and with love and not from some machine mass producing stuff. We were both told to take a minute during the day and enjoy what was going on around us. Because we were organized and had friends stepping up to help, we were able to take the whole day in, not just a minute.”

Michelle and Eric met before the ceremony underneath the redwoods on the property.

Michelle and Eric married at Freeman Winery where Eric is an associate winemaker. Michelle says “There have only been two weddings at the winery, ours and a previous employee’s.  It is secluded, in the country, quiet, and rustic. We made sure to use all of the wonderful spaces there including the barn (bridal staging area), the new house that the owners just built (groom staging area), the cave entry (for the ceremony), the cave (apps and champagne), the lush lawn (dinner) and the parking lot (dancing). Our first peek at each other happened in one of the two redwood stands surrounding the property.”

Michelle says “My friend made the feather fascinators for the bridal party. I made the escort cards and a friend pinned them on the board. I also made the bunting that hung above the champagne bar that read “Just Married”. These, of course, were just some of the DIY touches Michelle put into the day. She also made the neckties, hand assembled all of the stationery, made the favors, the photobooth, the centrepieces, the bunting, the tablecloths, the ceremony programs and the photobooth props!

Michelle says the day was filled with things special to her and Eric ” Family, friends, crafts, wine and food. I wish I could do it every weekend.”

Guests dined under the open sky on a feast catered by Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Each table centrepiece was different and made by the couple- the terrariums were even handmade by a friend who is skilled at stained glass work. Michelle says “A lot of brides who I had talked to about DIY said that it was disappointing because the guests didn’t appreciate it. But I really think our guests noticed. And the look on their face when they heard that this guest put together this and that one did that was priceless.”

A homemade wedding cake was made from doughnuts, while Michelle’s father drilled holes into dowel and created “props” for the couple’s makeshift photo booth.

The wedding cake was made by Mariposa Kitchen. Michelle says “Our first dance was to “Knock Me a Kiss” by Louis Jordan. We wanted something fun and flirty. It was a song we had danced to and quoted many times in our living room.”

A big thank  you and congratulations to Michelle and Eric for allowing us to share their wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Sara of Onelove Photography for submitting today’s wedding to us!

Photos by Onelove Photography

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